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Social Classes

Upper crust
beltway bloomers
new homesteaders
blue highways
multi-culti mosaic
low rise living

upper crust

over 200,000
wealthiest lifestyle in america
over 55 yrs old

beltway bloomers

40's and 50's
post war baby boomers
college educated
upper middle class
kid centered

new homesteaders

young/middle class
white collar
comfortable,child centered

blue highways

lower middle class
live in isolates tows and farmsteads
men enjoy hunting and fishing
love country music
women enjoy sewing and crafts


1/4 and foreign born
1st generation americans
very diverse

low rise living

economically challenged
young diverse single parents


the process by which positions( status) in a society are arranged from layers from top to bottom with inequality

types of stratification

slavery, castes, social class

things that determine social class

wealth, income, who you know (relationship to power)

upper class/capitalist (1-2%)

old money= top half
new money=bottom half
top executives
heirs to large estates

upper middle class

post graduate education
professionals and managers
conspicuous consumption (show off money)

lower middle class

high school/ undergraduate college
mainstream america
more susceptible to economic dislocation (job loss)

working class

unskilled blue and white collar workers
high school

lower class/ under class

mobility based poverty
"survival mode"

number of farms

decreased over the decades
6.4 to 2.2 million


any place with sales ≥1000$ G.P

number of people fed by a farm



decrease as society moves to Info Tech

amount of farming

unchanged, remains 41%

amount of farms family owned


growing concentrations

increase percentage of food provided by smaller number of farms

impact of concentration on rural

loss of pop
loss of business
decrease of property tax base
increase consolidation of rural community

demographics of farmers

OLD 55.3 = avg

connection to agri

increasingly remote for most americans

counter-reaction to trends in Agri

alternative agriculture
community food groups/gardens
fresh food markets

differential association

people we associate with

differential opportunity

where we live/grow up


taught goals but denied opportunities


pop turnover
drug production
proximity to urban areas

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